Online College Programs - How to ApplyWritten by Katie Robbins
The first step to getting your online degree is to apply to colleges. Research several colleges offering degree program you need. Once you have decided on a school, you are ready to begin application process. While requirements may vary slightly, most colleges have similar processes. You will need to fill out an application, either online or on paper. Check with university for application deadlines. Just about all schools charge an application fee; these fees are usually small.
You will need to include any supporting documentation required by school where you are applying. You will find this information included with application. All schools require original transcripts from all schools previously attended. This will include both high school and college transcripts. A few schools look for college preparatory courses in high school. Send your requests early to allow enough time for transcripts to arrive at college. Some schools will require SAT test scores and immunization records as well.
You will have to meet admission requirements of college you will be attending. The requirements vary by school and in some cases can be different based on your major. Be sure to check with university to determine requirements. Many schools have a minimum SAT score requirement for admission, although some waive this for some programs or for non traditional students. Non traditional students are defined as older students who have been out of high school for at least five years and have work experience. Students transferring from other institutions are in this category as well.
Many schools require students pass placement tests prior to registering for classes. These tests usually have English, math and writing components. This is to determine if potential students have reading, writing and math skills necessary to succeed in college. If you don't pass one of placement tests, you may be required to take remedial courses prior to starting your degree; this is not unusual for people returning to school after many years. Graduate programs will usually require additional testing, such as Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
Accredited Online Universities - Getting Good GradesWritten by Katie Robbins
Taking distance education courses requires more motivation and self discipline than traditional college classes. Being able to work at your own pace can result in you falling behind on your work, if you're not self directed. Organization is most important factor for success in online studies.
Attend orientation and any study sessions offered by university, if at all possible. Instructors offer valuable information in these sessions. Utilize on campus resources such as college library and computer lab. Many schools offer online resources, such as online libraries and tutoring for distance learning students. Take advantage of all resources your school has to offer to get most out of your education.
Create a schedule with regular times for studying and stick to your schedule. If you are taking more than one class, get a large calendar. Listing all exam and assignment due dates on this calendar makes a great visual aid to help with time management. You can schedule how much time you will spend on each class based on this information. If you have a large paper due this week in one class and an exam next week in another, you can schedule your study time accordingly.
Jump right in and get started on material. Many successful students get books early and read first few chapters before class starts. If you can get a copy of class syllabus early, do first week's work before class starts. You will be a week ahead of game when class starts. Try to stay at least a week ahead, whenever possible. Being ahead gives you flexibility if something comes up during semester to take you away from your work for a few days. If you can't get syllabus, read a few chapters to familiarize yourself with material.